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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helena
... Cristal
... Alfie
Rupert Frazer ... Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison ... Personal Trainer
... Sally
... Roy
... Dia
Eleanor Gecks ... Rollerblading Friend
... Greg
... Jane
... Henry Strangler
... Poker Friend
... Poker Friend
... Poker Friend
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Storyline

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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22 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Untitled Woody Allen London Project  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,103, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,247,816, 6 February 2011
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Celia Imrie filmed her role in a day, and said that she accepted the part, even though it was small, because Woody Allen was such a "legend". Her scenes with Sir Anthony Hopkins, however, never made it into the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Alfie and Helena are arguing about his new fitness regime, they enter house and Alfie sits down. The female fitness trainer has followed them. She can be seen in the mirror above the fireplace. Her legs, and the legs of a male crew member, can also be seen reflected in the glass front of the fireplace. See more »

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Sally: [to Roy bitterly after meeting Charmaine] That cheap tart is what he left my mother for? Actress, my foot! The only acting she's ever done is faking an orgasm.
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If I Had You
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Sound and Fury Signify Nothing
10 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Sound and fury signify nothing. The narrator begins the film by reminding us of Shakespeare's words. I can't decide if this was a confession by Woody Allen when he realized the movie fits that phrase. I have followed Mr. Allen's film career since the early 70's and have learned that sometimes disappointment follows. Of course, there are also times when pure screen magic occurs and that makes the journey worthwhile. Unfortunately, there is no magic here, just sound and faux-fury.

Here is a convoluted recap of the story: Elderly woman Helena (Gemma Jones) is dumped by her doesn't want to admit he's aging husband Alfie (Anthony Hopkins). He tries to be a swinging bachelor and ends up marrying a gold-digging call girl named Charlamaine (Lucy Punch). Helena looks for guidance from Cristal (Pauline Collins),a fortune teller referred by Helena's daughter Sally (Naomi Watts). Sally is married to Roy (Josh Brolin), a morally bankrupt one-hit wonder in the novel-writing business. She works at a very successful art gallery run by Greg (Antonio Banderas). Sally and Roy yell at each other a lot and Sally has eyes for Greg, who instead has eyes for Iris (Anna Friel), a painter Sally discovered. Roy has peeping eyes for Dia (Freida Pinto), whom he can see from his bedroom window.

So, you get the idea. It is actually a set-up that fits perfectly with a Woody Allen film. A madcat story where no one is happy with their life and they each seek proof of their worth. Interesting that they seem to have some security with their current partner, but it's just not enough. The cast is stellar, and London makes the perfect setting. However, nothing really clicks. Manly Josh Brolin just doesn't wear neurosis well. I didn't enjoy watching Naomi Watts yell at people. Anthony Hopkins' character is such a pathetic re-tread that it really annoyed me. Mr. Allen obviously finds Freida Pinto appealing because her character gets perfect lighting and comes across as a victim, despite dumping her fiancé.

Despite all the turns in these sub-plots, only one of the stories really has any finality to it. Now I don't mind endings that leave much to the imagination, but I do get irritated when it appears the filmmaker just lost interest. Even when that filmmaker is Woody Allen.


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